Washington, D.C.—Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) was presented with the Highway Safety Hero Award by the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety in recognition for his leadership in advancing motor vehicle safety in his Congressional District. Motor safety is an issue that Congressman Poe has worked on ever since the tragic 2006 bus crash where several of his constituents from West Brook High School girls’ soccer team were killed or seriously injured. Congressman Poe championed bipartisan legislation to enhance passenger and vehicle safety to prevent terrible accidents like this from ever happening again.

“Today, we celebrate the past twenty-five years of advancing highway and auto safety legislation that has saved many thousands of lives,” said Jacqueline Gillan, the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety president.  “These lifesaving measures would not have been enacted without the dedication and tenacity of our legislative champions—they have made the nation’s roads safer for everyone who uses them, for generations to come.  We thank Congressman Poe for his ongoing dedication to highway and auto safety and congratulate him on this well-deserved award.”

“Our friends, family and loved ones travel every day on our roads. It is critical that we do all we can to ensure that they are safe while on the roads  so that horrible, tragic accidents, like the 2006 West Brook High School bus crash, never happen again. The safeguarding of our roads is an issue that is neither Republican nor Democrat; it is something that affects us all. Enhancing passenger and vehicle safety is a top priority so that hopefully one less family will be spared the devastating news that their loved one was involved in a car crash.”

Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, www.saferoads.org, is a coalition of leading consumer, health, and safety organizations and insurance agents and companies that work together to advance state and federal highway and vehicle safety laws, programs and policies. This award was presented on Capitol Hill, marking the organization’s 25th anniversary.